Sacred Valley and Machupicchu 3D/2N
Sacred Valley and Machupicchu, know the land of the Incas, its architecture, history and landscape in the Andes of the lost city in Cusco.
This 3 day tour includes all the most beautiful areas of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. You will begin your tour visiting the ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, Salineras salt mines and a farming laboratory in Moray. If you want shopping do not worry the Pisaq market and Chincheros we´ll be waiting for you.
Overview – Sacred Valley and Machupicchu.
Day 1.- CUSCO SACSAYHUAMAN – ALPACA FARM – PISAQ INKA SITE – OLLANTAYTAMBO
- Pick up at 8.00 am from your hotel.
- Explore the famous Sacsayhuaman – Sacsayhuaman is the most important inka site located close to Cusco .
- Alpaca farm – Feed llamas , Alpacas , Vicuñas and guanacos as well as explore the famous small museum of different types of vegetables and crops farmed in the Sacred Valley .
- Sacred Valley el Mirador – Stop here to get the most beautiful pictures of the Sacred Valley .
- Pisaq Market – Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty of small handicraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week .
- Pisaq Inka site – Located on top of the mountain and a great spot to explore some important areas of the site.
- Urubamba – Stop here for Lunch , mostly served as buffet lunch for 45 peruvian soles.
- Ollantaytambo Inka site – The largest inka site in the sacred valley .
- Hotel stay
DAY 2: CHINCHEROS – MARAS – MORAY – TRAIN JOURNEY TO AGUAS CALIENTES
- Pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am
- Drive to Chincheros – Chincheros is a small town which has a famous San Pedro catholic church , hand made craft center and the Inka site.
- Moray – The largest Inka agricultural experimentation center
- Maras – The largest salt mines in Peru and has at least 3000 salt pools
- Lunch at Urubamba – Buffet style for 45 peruvian soles
- Train Journey at either 3:36pm Vistadome or 7:00 pm Expedition – This will depend on the train availability and how soon you book the trip.
- Two hours train Journey
- Hotel stay in Aguas Calientes
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
- Early breakfast at hotel.
- A 25 minute bus journey to Machu picchu with your guide.
- Enter Machu Picchu.
- Enjoy the sunrise – this will depend on how the weather will be this day
- Walking guided tour for 2-3 hrs.
- Plenty of free time to explore it on your own- if you have booked Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountain you are allowed to pass through the gate until 11 am.
- Take a 25 minute bus drive back to the towm
- Enjoy your lunch.
- Be ready 30 minutes prior to your train departure
- Train departs at 4:22 pm Unless you have Vistadome Upgrade which departs at 3:20 pm.
- Bus journey back to Cusco from Ollantaytambo and drop you off at your hotel at around 8 pm.
END OF OUR THE TOUR SACRED VALLEY AND MACHUPICCHU 3D/2N
ITINERARY – Sacred Valley and Machupicchu.
Day 1: SACSAYHUAMAN – PISAQ – OLLANTAYTAMBO
At 8:00AM be ready at your hotel lobby, because your Nig Adventures driver and your guide will come and pick you up and bring you to your first destination, Sacsayhuaman. Sacsayhuaman is the most beautiful ruin created by the Incas above the Inka city of Cusco. Here you will see a great representation of why Inka architecture remains so well intact today. The way the Inka used tremendous stone blocks and intricately laid them out allowed the buildings to absorb all of nature’s elements including seismic activity. At Sacsayhuaman you will see the largest stone that survives in any Inca ruin.
From Sacsayhuaman we will head towards the Sacred Valley. Along the way we will visit Awanacancha, a weaving center and alpaca farm where you will observe the difference between llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos, as well as the different varieties of potatoes and corn that are special to the Sacred Valley. If you would like, this is a great place to purchase high-quality alpaca clothing, textiles and gifts.
We will drive from here to Pisaq Inca Ruins. These are another amazing ruin that is located on top of one of the mountains in the Sacred Valley. We will see hundreds of terraces for agriculture, where the Inkas farmed corn, potatoes, and quinoa. We will also see the religious and astronomical side of the Inka at these ruins. This will be an amazing place to take photos as you will be ath the top of the Sacred Valley with endless views.
Afterwards, we wil descend into Pisaq market and town. This is the most traditional handicraft market and another great place to purchase inexpensive gifts, if you choose. You can also try some of the local delicacies – many of the local farmers bring their vegetables here to sell. This is where we will stop for our lunch break.
We will drive through the Sacred Valley after lunch to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo was an Inka checkpoint where they protected Machu Picchu and the valley against any enemies (Ollantay is the name of the leader, tambo is a lodging place) and is the best example of an intact Inka village, charming with its waterways running right through the quaint streets of the town. You will explore the ruins here, have some free time to take photos and explore the town. You will be spending the night in Ollantaytambo so your guide will set you up in your hotel where you can relax a little bit before dinner.
- Accommodations: Pakaritampu , Casa Andina , Sonesta posda – will depend on the availability
- Meals: Not Included
- Entrance Tickets: Included
Day 2: MARAS – MORAY – CHINCHEROS
Breakfast will be at 6:30AM on Day 2. After breakfast, we will drive to Salineras/Maras Salt Mines. This mine was extremely important to the Incas and was their supply for salt and still provides salt today. There are 3000 salt pools which act as evaporation chambers for this salt water spring which spills out of the mountain and down the mountainside at 12,000 feet above sea leve. These are owned by local farmers and have become the main economic activity for all locals that live nearby. On top of being historical and useful, the Maras salt mines are quite a sight to see and just plain beautiful.
After the mines, we will drive to Moray Inca Archeological Center. The Inka used Moray as a way to study farming. They built terraces and experimented with different vegetables to see what grew best and at which temperature. You will see the terraces of Moray – each terrace was best for certain types of growth and the Inkas studied and practiced to see which worked best.
We will then drive to Chincheros after Moray. In Chincheros we will see some Inka terracing that was used to farm potatoes. The Inkas discovered that at this elevation of 3700 meter/11,500 feet, it was the perfect location to farm potatoes. They grew so many potatoes that they were able to supply the entire Inka civilization which this amazing vegetable. We will also see one unique colonial church that was built on the top of the Inka palace by the Spaniards. We will then visit your final textile center and you will have your last opportunity for purchasing gifts here.
We will head back to Ollantaytambo where you can enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in town and get ready for your train to Aguas Calientes. We will bring you to your hotel where you should try to get to sleep early and prepare for your most important day, visiting Machu Picchu.
- Accommodations: Waman Hotel, la Cabaña or similar
- Meals: Breakfast Only
- Entrance Tickets: Included
Day 3: MACHU PICCHU
Today is the most important day of the tour sacred valley and machupicchu. Because it’s so special, we encourage you to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then get to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses, which start at 5.30 am (they are more like shuttles, all first come, first serve – and leave as soon as they fill up). This bus will take about 25 minutes up a switchback road to get to Machu Picchu. As soon as you arrive to the complex, it is our job to take you to the best spot to overlook all the ruins and get a panoramic view of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. You will then have a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu with plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own.
If you have tickets to climb one of the amazing mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, your guide will direct you to where to begin this hike after the tour. Please make sure this is arranged at least 2 months in advance of your visit as tickets do sell out in advance, especially for Huayna Picchu. Once you are done with exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. For there you will have private transportation to Cusco where we will drop you off at your hotel.
End of your tour sacred valley and machupicchu.
What is included in your tour Sacred Valley and Machupicchu?
- Bus transport along the Sacred Valley
- Tour guide for the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Entrance fees for all sites in the Sacred Valley
- Tourist class Expedition train to and from Aguas Calientes
- Hotel accommodation in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast at the hotels
- Bus transport to and from Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Guided tour for 2 hours in Machu Picchu
- Transportation to Cusco and to your hotel
- Huaynapicchu ($25 per person)/Machu Picchu Mountain ($15 per person)
- Upgrade train on return to Cusco to Vistadome train ($65 per person)
CHECKLIST – Sacred Valley and Machupicchu
- Small bag for belongings (you can only bring a bag 8 kg or less on the train to and from Aguas Calientes)
- Daypack for things needed during the tour
- Comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear (hiking boots or sneakers are recommended)
- Extra money to purchase souvenirs, such as handcrafts from the local market
- Camera with spare batteries
- Insect repellent
- Water to drink
- Scarf or a hat to protect your head from the strong sun
- A warm jacket for the evening
- Any necessary medication
- Minimum of 2 people to do this tour
- Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu with Hotel
- $620 per person (based on 2 in a room)
- Student discount (with valid ISIC card) – $25
- Under 18 Discount – $25
- Student Discount for permit to climb Huayna Picchu – $10
- Student Discount for permit to climb Machu Picchu Mountain – $5
Discounts available for sacred valley and machupicchu.
STUDENTS: If you booked your tour with your International Student Identity Card (ISIC) you must have this card and it must be valid for you to enter Machu Picchu. If you purchased a permit with the student discount and you do not bring your ISIC card or it is not valid at the time of your entrance, they will not allow you in This is National Park rules.
HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain per day. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $25 per person. It is about a 90 minute round-trip climb. It is recommended that you climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance. You may also opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is more difficult than Huayna Picchu and is 3-3½ hours round trip. The cost is $15 and also requires a permit in advance. Just let us know if you want to book this option
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EXTRA NIGHT: If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night and we will organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $75. extend your tour sacred valley and machupicchu.